The Tyler Childers Phenomenon Of 2019.

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Nov 022019

Mr. Tyler Childers. This name has become a brilliant beacon of light for good Country Music. I’ll be catching up with him at the fifth annual Kickin It On The Creek. He is a driving force in local music, an inspiration to all local musicians and bands alike, and a beacon of hope for REAL Country Music and independent music as a whole.

Now I’m going to be completely honest here, as I always am on this blog, we know each other. But I don’t go WAY BACK with him like others do, and we don’t visit each other on holidays, and if I led you to believe that I’d be lying through my teeth. My West Virginia friends like Mr. W.B.Walker and Mr. J.J.Waters both know him from YEARS BACK and when they speak of his past THEY SPEAK of the stories you need to listen to NOT MINE.

This young man absolutely dominated my Facebook, twitter and Instagram feeds throughout 2019 in many ways. He played his first time at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado ( Mr. Luther wrote a GREAT article for us there), and played again at the Opry. As we speak I am catching up with a PLETHORA of things from 2019, and I’m writing about his fabulous performance at Kickin It On The creek like I just mentioned.

Tyler Childers And The Food Stamps have indeed blazed a trail through independent and underground music in the last few years with only two major label albums, and just recently he announced an arena tour with powerhouse artist and producer Sturgill Simpson. More on that later in this article here.

He has a four day Ryman Auditorium run in early 2020 before going on that tour with Sturgill, and here are the dates for the powerhouse arena tour as mentioned above. I’m going to be completely honest, I really don’t think there are many fans of Mr. Strugill Simpson that aren’t fans of Mr. Tyler already. However these venues just keep growing, I see a great propensity in these artists to become more agile as they get accustomed to bigger crowds.

He guest stared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he did a wonderful job on there, and it brought his music to whole new echelon of listeners. All together that has been transpiring all over for him and his music from all of the different avenues of exposure of his music. Actually, he was on several different talk shows this year, but the one that I got to see was this one here.

I met these folks at this year’s Kickin It On the Creek, and promised to include them on some of my work. This is their mission from their website:

September 27,2020

Click to Learn about Healing Appalachia

Our Reason

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for people under the age of fifty in the United States. The Appalachian region has been dramatically impacted by the opioid and heroin epidemic. West Virginia in particular, the only state entirely within the Appalachian region, gained national and international notoriety after 26 people overdosed near a housing development in Huntington on August 15, 2016. West Virginia has the highest rate of fatal overdose in the nation. Tragically, rates of death due to overdose have exponentially increased across the country from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, 52 out of 100,000 West Virginia residents fell victim to an accidental overdose. Preliminary data for 2017 shows no improvement according to public health officials despite efforts to make life-saving drugs like Naloxone or Narcan more easily accessible.

The causes for this epidemic are complex. Many sources point to the economic decline and continuing loss of decent jobs through ongoing deindustrialization that has particularly impacted the region. Multiple legal settlements from drug companies to states and local units of government verify that pharmaceutical opioid marketing and prescribing practices set the stage for

opioid and, later, heroin addiction. Topic experts like Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, point to the decline of community by decreased funding of public services. Indeed, addiction thrives in isolation. However, recovery communities are forming. Many of the same people who have been revived with Naloxone are helping others find recovery. The scourge of the epidemic remains, but there is reason to hope that people and communities can overcome this problem. At present, addiction-related charities receive around $25 million in private funds annually, in contrast to $390 billion given to all charities based on Facing Addiction and Giving USA 2016 data. This is approximately 0.00006 percent of all charitable funds raised.

In closing here folks, I’m quite adamant on the fact that we will only see this young man and his band rise to the top of the food chain here. He is achieving his dream’s through hard work and dedication to his craft, his attention to his style and his knack for kicking you in the nuts with his lyrics and his harsh realist attitude.

I think he will be appearing in many festival lineups in 2020, and many more road shows with his crazy hilljack band The Food Stamps….SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!

Americanafest 2019.

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Nov 022019

For the third time in my many years of doing this website ( yeah I’m old) I went down to the big Nashville gala that assembles downtown mostly in September each year that is called Americanafest. Now in 2020 the official dates will be September 15-20th, just a few days after this year’s times.

Honestly I cannot approach this festival like all of the others I write about for many reasons. I mean honestly I LOVE the music and the people here, but it doesn’t replace the people that make Kickin It On The Creek or Muddy Roots happen. It doesn’t replace that feeling of HOME, or the welcome of rolling up those beautiful roads into that community of friends.

I took in many of the panels and offerings of the first couple days there and didn’t go to any of the shows until Friday but I’m going to write about many of the shows I DID see, the first day I actually saw music was The Fourth Annual Bloodshot Records Backyard Bash.

Bloodshot Records’ 25th anniversary celebration continues as we return to the heart of hip East Nashville for the fourth annual Backyard Bash at The Groove record store during AmericanaFest! Please join us in the peaceful backyard at 1103 Calvin Avenue from 5PM to 8PM on Friday, September 13th (spooky!). As always, the party is free and open to the public. All are welcome: fans, friends, industry bigwigs, smallwigs, and no-wigs. Come one, come all. Bring the kids. Bring grandpa. Heck, bring your pet raccoon and a jar of lightning bugs.

Enjoy special performances some of our best and brightest stars…

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Jason Hawk Harris
Ruby Boots

…while you enjoy complimentary cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, as well as beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co!

Our longtime friends at Recording King will be giving away guitars (yes, actual guitars!) to some lucky fans. And our literary-minded Chicago neighbors at Field Notes will have a special gift for all attendees! More details on that soon.

The Rolling Feast truck will be on hand to keep everyone good and nourished.

We hope to see you in Music City for one of our favorite Bloodshot events of the year!

Full List Of Local Tennessee And Kentucky Shows.

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Nov 022019

YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage. NEW IN 2018, folks I am always looking for ways to enhance what I do for you. So this year I’ll be reporting on further Kentucky shows, and further Tennessee shows as well.

Mr. Joshua, Mr. Luther and I cover hundreds of shows a year, and many festivals in person. Online, we cover 200 festivals yearly and bring a LOT of news to the masses. Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue and local music.

Erin Enderline
Texas Troubadour Theater December 14th

Reverend Horton Heat
Cannery Ballroom December 18th

The PO Rambling Boys
The Station Inn December 6th

Nikki Lane
Jim Lauderdale
Aaron lee Tasjan
3rd And Lindsley December 10th

Ward Davis
Josh Morningstar
Songbird’s December 13th

Minglewood Hall December 13th

Chris Gantry
Two Old Hippies December 14th

Kristina Murray
Jeremy Pinnell
Southgate House December 16th

Ronnie Milsap
Country music Hall Of Fame January 17th

Paul Cauthen
Minglewood Hall Decemnber 18th

Dan Tyminski
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 19th

Emi Sunshine
3rd And Lindslaey December 20th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Chris Knight Album Release
Southgate House revival December 21st

Jd McPherson
Basement East December 22nd

Mac MacAnally
City Winery December 28th

Michaela Anne
3rd And Lindsley December 29th

Po Rambllin’ Boys
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 30th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st

Ward Davis
Josh Morningstar
Southgate House December 31st

Kristina Murray
Whiskey Bent Saloon December 31st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Cash ORiley And The Hellbilly Hobohemian
440 Main Bowling Green Ky January 31st

Blackberry Smoke
Nashville City Winery January 3rd

Luke Dick
Natalie Hemby
Basement East January 9th

Sunny Sweeney
Spillway January 9th

Whiskey Myers
Nashville INDIANA January 9th

Russell moore and IIIrd Tyme Out
Shepherdsville Ky January 10th

Unknown Hinson
exit In January 10th

Sunny Sweeney
Erin Enderlin
Southgate House Revival January 11th

The Travelin McCourys
Marathon Music Works January 11th

Tanya Tucker
Ryman Auditorium January 12th

Ronnie Milsap
CMA Theater January 17th

Brandi Carlile
January 14,15th and 16th 2020
Ryman Auditorium

Emmylou Harris
War memorial Auditorium January 11th

Sunny Sweeney
Erin Enderlin
Matt Woods
Southgate House Revival January 11th

Drew Holcomb
Tivoli Theater Chattanooga Tn February 12th

Tyler Childers
Ryman Auditorium February 5th 6th 15th and 16th

Joe Diffie
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky January 17th

Hogslop String Band
Station Inn January 17th

Ward Davis
The Shed Maryville Tn January 18th

Charley Crockett
Jaime Wyatt
Southgate House Revival January 22nd

Charley Crockett
Jaime Wyatt
Basement East January 23rd

Sunny Sweeney
Erin Enderline
1884 Lounge Minglewood Hall Memphis January 23rd

Mike And The Moonpies
The High Watt January 23rd

Miranda Lambert
Cody Johnson Band
Bridgestone Arena January 24th

Justin Townes Earle
Cannery Ballroom January 25th

The Steel Wheels
City Winery January 26th

Parker McCollum
Exit In January 30th

Doyle And Debbie
Station Inn Feb 4th, Feb 11th, Feb 25th, March 3rd, 10th, March 24th, March 31st,

Wayne Hancock
Southgate House Revival January 31st

The Devil Makes Three
Cannery Ballroom Feb 1st

Billy Strings
Lexington Ky Feb 6th

Billy Strings
Louisville Ky 7 and 8th

William Clark Green
Flatland Cavalry
Basement East Feb 7th

Steel Woods
3rd And Lindsley Feb 7th and 8th

The Eskimo Brothers
Southgate House Revival Feb 7th

Chris Stapleton
Tanya Tucker
Bridgestone Arena February 10th 2020

Jamey Johnson
Schlemerhorn Symphony Center Feb 13th

Ashley McBryde
Luke Combs
Rupp Arena February 14th

Paul Cauthen
Basement East Feb 15th

Jason Boland And The Stragglers
3rd And Lindsley Feb 21st

Rye Davis
Southgate House Revival Feb 22nd

Lost Dog Street Band
Basement East Feb 23rd

Town Mountain
Southgate House Revival February 27th

Chicago Farmer
Southgate House Revival February 28th

Cory Branan
The Cowan Feb 28th

Railroad Earth
Caverns February 29th

Ward Davis
3rd And Lindsley February 29th

Henhouse Prowlers
Mercy lounge January 31st

Bart Crow
Southgate House Revival March 7th

Whiskey Myers
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky March 13th

John Moreland
Basement East March 20th

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
Caverns Pelham Tn March 21st

Rye Davis
Southgate House Feb 22nd

Lost Dog Street Band
Southgate House Revival March 13th

Lost Dog Street Band
Southgate House Revival March 18th

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center In Bowling Green March 20th

John Moreland
Basement East March 20th

David Frizzell
texas Troubador Theater March 28th

Randy Rogers
Wade Bowen
Ryman Auditorium April 3rd

Drivin And Cryin
Caverns April 4th

Ian Noe
Ryman Auditorium April 4th

The Lil Smokies
Basement East April 16th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd and lindsley April 17th and 18th

Allison Krauss
Caverns April 24th

Drive By Truckers
Ryman Auditorium April 25th

Travis Tritt
Lynyrd Skynrd
Appalachian Wireless Arena Pikeville Ky May 8th

Tyler Childers
Sturgil Simpson
Bridgestone Arena May 21st and 22nd

The Mavericks
Caverns June 5th

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Cavrens June 6th

Todd Snider
Rhonda Vincent
The Caverns Pelham Tn June 20th

Charlie Daniels
Bridgestone Arena July 17th

Bridgestone Arena July 18th

Alan Jackson
Bridgestone Arena August 7th 2020

B.J. Thomas
SkyPAC Bowling Green Ky September 19th 2020